This year, blue is the new white in our house (because I couldn't find any white tea lights). And straight is the new round. I haven't had the advent wreath out the last couple years due to a small group of little people who can't keep their mitts off it. But I got a new one this year. I love, love, love it.
First Sunday of Advent is the prophecy candle, it is a reminder that Jesus' coming was prophesied before he was born. The candle is purple as a symbol of his royalty as the King of Kings.
The 2nd candle is the Bethlehem candle, reminding us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. It too is purple as a sign that the King of Kings was born in a manger.
The Third Sunday is the Shepherd's candle. The candle is pink and represents God's love and faithfulness. We are reminded that God send the angels to proclaim his arrival to common man and that he still uses ordinary people to spread the good news.
The fourth candle is the Angel's candle. The Angel's candle is also purple reminding us it was a King's birth they were announcing. As we light this flame we are reminded of the Heavenly hosts that proclaimed Christ's arrival by "Behold, I bring unto you good tidings and great joy!"
The last candle, a white candle, is lit on Christmas day. A reminder of the birth of our Lord. As the prophets promised long ago, you have come to us once again; and with the shepherds we are filled with wonder and amazement.
And let us all pretend that I posted this educational post sometime closer to Christmas than I did.....But you know....I'm a slacker.